Piner High School

Piner High School

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New Geospatial Science Center

Santa Rosa City Schools
Santa Rosa, Calif.

  • Completion Date: October 2013
  • Square Footage: 4,676 (New Construction)
  • Final Construction Cost: $2.8M

Piner High School’s Geospatial Technology Pathway is part of Santa Rosa City Schools’ Career Pathways program. The district needed a new STEM facility that would shape the Pathway program’s use of specialized technology. The new 5,000-square-foot Geospatial Science, Position, Astronomy, Research and Query Center, known as SPARQ, includes an observatory that houses a powerful astronomical telescope as well as a planetarium that has a high definition digital projection system with the ability to project 3 million pixels on the highly specialized 24-foot diameter perforated aluminum dome. The planetarium is equipped with a full 5.1 surround sound audio system for full audio/visual presentations—a unique and powerful presentation tool.

In addition, the space contains a GIS/GPS lab, outdoor learning areas, and also serves as a classroom for the Space Science and Geospatial Science curriculums. After the construction of the SPARQ Center, the school saw increased student interest in STEM classes and extracurricular activities such as Piner’s Astronomy Club.


  • High School
  • New Construction
  • STEM
  • Astronomy
  • Planetarium
  • Telescope


More than a laboratory, an observatory, or a classroom, the new building is a symbol of the future on our campus. It gives me hope for what public education can and should be for today’s students. Sally Bimrose, Principal, Piner High School